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Civic Center Motor Inn
Ranked #197 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Sacramento, California
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“Free parking and nice heated swimming pool”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

We stayed only 1 night here but we were very pleased with the price, cleanliness of room, swimming pool area and free parking! Hotels in San Francisco make a lot of money by charging high parking fee ($30-40/day), especially in central location and this SOMA district. This hotel offers free parking and full breakfast included! People working here care about what they do. They asked us several times if "we needed anything" and offered assistance right away when we asked for directions. They marked on the map good restaurants and places to visit.

We enjoyed their swimming pool and checked our e-mails on the computer in the lobby which was free and accessible for guests.

The hotel was busy accommodating school choral group staying there when we arrived but we could listen to a free short concert by school girls practicing in front of the lobby for their performance. That was cute. We recommend this place and if we come back we would stay here again. In center of the SOMA, very important district in San Francisco (typical local culture, restaurants and clubs, expensive lofts around the corner). easy access to highway.

Room Tip: our room was located in the back of the hotel facing parking lot, quiet, no street noise
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

It's not easy to find an affordable, clean and safe room in San Fran (trust me, I tried)! This hotel fit the bill nicely. I got a discounted rate online and they had free parking, wifi and breakfast to boot. Plus, there is a heated pool, laundry, vending machines and a computer in the office available for guest use.
Yes, it is extremely noisy outside - the hotel is right next to 101 and the the walls are thin so you hear pretty much everything happening outside. I'm used to sleeping through city noises so I'll take traffic and chatter over staying in a more seedy part of town, but light sleepers should definitely take this into consideration. If I were to stay again, I would want to be able to select my room so it would be a bit quieter.

Room Tip: Do NOT take room 242 (don't do it)! It's right at the top of the stairs for the entire floor...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

We booked into here for 3 nights. We had a Superior Queen room. Wish we hadn't. The noise that goes on until all hours of the night uncontrolled is terrible. The staff like to pass the buck and are not interested too much in any issues. Breakfast was ok. Parking is off the street. The area around the Motor Inn has a lot of homeless people and we would never walk out of a night. It is a good 15 min walk to Market Street to catch a tram to downtown. Rooms are basic, they are clean. The pillows on the beds are terrible. They are more like a cushion than a pillow and very uncomfortable. Sleep quality was minimal. Would not recommend and would never stay there again. Disappointed in our choice for our stay in San Francisco.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed March 26, 2013 via mobile

....which surprised me because its a classic motor inn style and the street is far away from the rooms. Breakfast was good. Wifi was intermittent. Pool is small but looked clean....didn't use it personally. Parking was free.....that was good!!!

Rooms seemed recently upgraded but thin walls. Sort walk to Market Street...can see that not everyone will be willing to do that though. Overall, I would stay here again.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Abuja, Abuja Capital Territory, Nigeria
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

I stayed for about 6days while around for a conference from Abuja,Nigeria. Compared to other hotels id used in the state before, this was particularly cheap for the services. Close to mo-scone center/union square and staff were quite warm. Free Wifi right within your room (most others bill u if u use wifi outside the reception). Complimentary breakfast was ok too with a nice swimming pool downstairs. The down side is some of the facilities were old (TV,chair) though functional. I will be back again

Room Tip: Upper rooms are quieter
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

I stay here quite often. The cost is usually best in town...All rooms have refridgerators and microwaves, which most other hotels dont have or cost extra...The best free continental breakfast in town...The nice lady will make waffles for you...The staff is always friendly and accomodating...
My only gripe is that some rooms have newer flat screen tv's, but most have the older ones...I sometimes need to hook up an external source but cant because the tv doesnt have the connections i need...
Its not the Four Seasons but for the price in San Francisco it cant be beat...

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Everyone in the office is super nice. The room was very clean and housekeeping does a great job cleaning the rooms. Rates are the best rates in town.the hotel is very close to the heart of downtown San Francisco. Waking distance to shopping, food, city hall and the main library.

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Property: Civic Center Motor Inn
Address: 364 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3836
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > SoMa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #197 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Civic Center Motor Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
To really enjoy the City, stay in the center of it at the Civic Center Motor Inn. Ideally located just a few blocks from Union Square, cable cars, the Opera, theatres, and world class restaurants, the Civic Center Motor Inn is the perfect jumping off place for touring the City and other Bay Area destinations. Business guests will appreciate our proximity to the Civic Center and Moscone Convention Center. The Civic Center Motor Inn offers the ultimate in value and convenience, including complimentary continental breakfast buffet, free parking, easy freeway access, and nearby public transportation. Our friendly staff is at your service to help make your stay enjoyable and a place you want to return to again and again.The Civic Center Motor Inn offers 57 attractive guest rooms, each designed with your comfort in mind. Guest room features include: Free Parking Free High Speed Wireless Internet Free Continental Breakfast, 100% Non-Smoking Rooms Available, Swimming Pool, Microwave & Refrigerator, Hair Dryer, Iron with full size board, Expanded Cable Television with HBO included. ... more   less 
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Best Western San Francisco
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